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Today you should know that Jim Bridenstine upset five-term incumbent John Sullivan in Tuesday’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary. Bridenstine will now face Democrat John Olson in the general election. The 2nd District primary to replace incumbent Dan Boren, who is not running for re-election, will go to a run-off between Markwayne Mullin and George Faught on the Republican side and Rob Wallace and Wayne Herriman on the Democratic side.
Tea party-backed candidates for state House and Senate seats struggled in their quest to shift the Oklahoma Legislature further to the right. Sen. Clark Jolley won a hotly contested primary race against Paul Blair. The only incumbent to lose in the primary was Rep. Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City.
Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s stock plummeted nearly 9 percent Monday after Reuters reported on emails that detailed possible collusion with another oil and natural gas company to suppress prices in a Michigan land auction. Reuters profiled one of the landowners who was affected. NewsOK profiled the new Chesapeake board chair.
The OK Policy Blog discussed controversies in Norman and Tulsa that demonstrate the risk of too much Chamber of Commerce-driven policy. Government Health IT examines Oklahoma’s online Medicaid enrollment system, a national leader that may be emulated by other states trying to overhaul their systems to prepare for the streamlined enrollment of millions of individuals in 2014 under health reform. Thousands of Oklahoma Medicare clients have already received more than $35.1 million in prescription drug discounts under the Affordable Care Act.
With many officers forced to work double shifts, Oklahoma prisons are struggling to maintain adequate staffing. The OK Policy Blog previously shared data on the shrinking state workforce. Okie Funk writes that Oklahoma needs more state workers and teachers to protect quality of life. The Oklahoma City School Board discussed whether to change a policy that bans volunteers convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors. State Superintendent Janet Barresi wrote a NewsOK op-ed on her agenda for education reform. Urban Tulsa Weekly discusses the importance of the non-profit sector for creating jobs.
The Number of the Day is how many people with a disability in Oklahoma receive Social Security income. In today’s Policy Note, a Princeton economist and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve examines what a pro-growth agenda based on logic and facts rather than partisan ideology would look like.